COVID -19 updates

On Sunday, March 20, 2022, the First Baptist Church of Owego (FBC-O) Joint Executive Council/Board of Managers (JEC/BoM) met to review the FBC-O COVID-19 restrictions.

Masking and Social Distancing

The JEC/BoM voted that masking and social distancing requirements are lifted as of March 20, 2022.

The removal of the masking requirement applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks are no longer required to be worn by any individual entering the Church Building. As dictated by their personal situations, individuals certainly may continue to wear masks. All pews are again available for seating.

Fellowship Time

During the JEC/BoM’s review and discussion of FBC-O COVID-19 restrictions, it was further voted that the suspension of formal, face-to-face Fellowship Time is rescinded as of March 20, 2022.

Fellowship Time will resume following Sunday Service, Sunday, April 10, 2022. Refreshments are planned as liquids only, e.g., coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Should individuals desire to bring edibles to share with the congregation during Fellowship Time, a sign-up sheet is provided in the Fellowship Hall.

Should you have questions regarding the above changes, please contact Rich Saxton, (607) 972-7628 (M) (E-mail, Voicemail, Text),

A greeter will meet you at the door, and log your name on the attendance sheet. A table with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, tissues, bulletins and collection plate will be inside each door. Please take a Bulletin and place your tithes and offerings in the offering plate on the table. We will not be passing the plates during Service.

Ø Hand sanitizer stations are located in the back of the Sanctuary, by the restrooms and by the back door

**We request that if you have health issues or other concerns related to gathering at this time, please remain at home. We will continue to provide Service on-line following the live Service for those who are not able to join us in the Sanctuary.

Prayer Concerns, We need God’s direction during this time of transition. Contact us if you have a prayer concern or would like to speak with the Pastor

  • Our Country
  • Our President
  • Our Leaders
  • Our Families
  • Our Pastor
  • Those in Nursing homes and Shut-ins
  • Cure for Cancer
  • Cure for the Corona Virus and the many mutations that have not yet been discovered
  • Salvation and hope for the lost
  • Deliverance from addictions
  • All the victims and families of COVID-19
  • Praise for all of the COVID-19 survivors
  • Those on the front lines: Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s etc.
  • Those who are “Essential workers”
  • Praise – KIND project many donations, many blessings

The following groups are meeting regularly and following mask requirements and social distancing guidelines.

Golden Agers Group – Friday afternoon once a month. Meets in Church Fellowship Hall. Covered Dish and bring your own place settings. Contact Paula Slavy with any questions cancelled until September

Circles of Concern:

In-As-Much meets 2nd Wednesday at 10:30am in the SPOT; Sunbeam meets after at 2:00pm cancelled until September

Bible Study & Prayer – every Tuesday @6:00pm SPOT.  Cancelled until further notice

Joint Executive Council/Board of Managers – 3rd Sunday of the month after worship service

Deacons Board – 2nd Sunday of the month, Church Fellowship Hall following worship service. cancelled until September

Needle & Thread Missions Group [sleeping bags for the homeless] – 1st, 3rd and last Wednesday @10:00am – SPOT

ACT (Allied Christians of Tioga) Dinner ACT dinner will continue to be served from FBCO as “take away” every Thursday 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Rule 62 AA Group – every Friday 7:00pm till 8:30pm – Church Fellowship Hall – cancelled until September

The K.I.N.D. Project

The KIND Project will continue with its mission during this COVID-19 period as there is an even greater need now for the products provided. Thank you for your continued prayers for KIND, the families it serves and thank you for blessing us with the many contributions that we have already received during this time of uncertainty. God is good!


On March 19th, the ACT Dinner transitioned from a sit-down event to a take-out/take-away operation. This approach continues here at FBC-O. Dinners will be brought from the FBC-O Kitchen by “runners” to the Church rear porch. The runners will be outfitted with protective accessories (mask, gloves).

The ACT Dinner will be served starting at 5:00pm from the FBC-O kitchen until such time the Methodist Church resumes its operation.

Similar to the KIND Project, COVID-19 or no COVID-19, people continue to have needs, and in this case, folks need to eat. It is great to have ACT at FBC-O as our Church was one of the original creators of this program!